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ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON - Terms of Use Agreement

This Terms of Use Agreement was last updated on March 17, 2009.

1. Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.

1.1 The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole (herein collectively referred to as the “Archdiocese,” “we,” “us” or “our”) provides and makes available this web site (the “Web Site”).  All use of this Web Site is subject to the terms and conditions contained in this Terms of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”).  Please read this Agreement carefully.  By accessing, browsing or using this Web Site, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by this Agreement.  If you do not accept the terms and conditions of this Agreement, do not use the Web Site.

1.2 You understand and agree that we may change this Agreement at any time.  You may read a current, effective copy of this Agreement at any time by selecting the “Terms of Use” link on various pages of the Web Site.  The revised Terms and Conditions will become effective at the time of posting (“Effective Date”).  If any change to this Agreement is not acceptable, your sole remedy is to terminate your registration.  Any use of the Web Site after such Effective Date shall constitute acceptance by you of such revised Terms and Conditions.

2. Use of the Web Site.

2.1 This Web Site contains material, such as software, text, graphics, images and other material (collectively referred to as the “Content”). The Content may be owned by us or may be provided through an arrangement we have with others.  The Content is protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. Unauthorized use of the Content may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws.  You have no rights in or to the Content, and you may not use the Content except as permitted under this Agreement.  No other use is permitted without prior written consent from us.  You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of the Content. You may not sell, transfer, assign, license, sublicense, or modify the Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, make a derivative version of, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. The use or posting of the Content on any other Web site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is expressly prohibited.

If you violate any part of this Agreement, your permission to access and/or use the Content and Web Site automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of the Content.

2.2 The trademarks, service marks, and logos of the Archdiocese (the “Archdiocese Trademarks”) used and displayed on this Web Site are registered and unregistered trademarks or service marks of the Archdiocese.  Other Archdiocese, product, and service names located on the Web Site may be trademarks or service marks owned by others (the “Third-Party Trademarks”, and, collectively with the Archdiocese Trademarks, the “Trademarks”).  Nothing on this Web Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on this Web Site, without the prior written permission of the Archdiocese specific for each such use.  The Trademarks may not be used to disparage the Archdiocese or the applicable third-party, any of their products or services, or in any manner in which, in our reasonable judgment, may damage any goodwill in the Trademarks.  Use of any Trademarks as part of a link to or from any site is prohibited unless establishment of such a link is approved in advance by the Archdiocese in writing.  All goodwill generated from the use of any Archdiocese Trademark inures to our benefit.

2.3 The Web Site contains links to third-party web sites (“External Sites”). These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by us of the content on such External Sites.  The content of such External Sites is developed and provided by others.  You should contact the site administrator or Webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or any content located on such External Sites.

We are not responsible for the content of any linked External Sites and do not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such External Sites. You should take precautions when downloading files from all web sites to protect your computer from viruses and other destructive programs.  If you decide to access linked External Sites, you do so at your own risk.

3. Limit of Liability and Warranty.

3.1 THE ARCHDIOCESE, ITS AFFILIATES, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, TRUSTEES, MEMBERS, REPRESENTATIVES, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “ARCHDIOCESE PARTIES“) MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE CONTENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ITS ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, OR RELIABILITY.  THE ARCHDIOCESE PARTIES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO LIABILITY FOR TRUTH, ACCURACY, OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION CONVEYED TO THE USER OR FOR ERRORS, MISTAKES OR OMISSIONS THEREIN OR FOR ANY DELAYS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF THE DATA OR INFORMATION STREAM FROM WHATEVER CAUSE.  YOU AGREE THAT YOU USE THE WEB SITE AND THE CONTENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE ARCHDIOCESE PARTIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE WEB SITE WILL OPERATE ERROR?FREE OR THAT THIS WEB SITE, ITS SERVER, OR THE CONTENT ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES OR SIMILAR CONTAMINATION OR DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. IF YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE OR THE CONTENT RESULTS IN THE NEED FOR SERVICING OR REPLACING EQUIPMENT OR DATA, NO ARCHDIOCESE PARTY SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE COSTS.

THE WEB SITE AND CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. THE ARCHDIOCESE PARTIES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE WARRANTY OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON?INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

3.2 IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY ARCHDIOCESE PARTY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE AND THE CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF A ARCHDIOCESE PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

3.3 Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.  IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE ARCHDIOCESE PARTIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

4. Indemnification. 

ou agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Archdiocese Parties, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from your breach of this Agreement or your access to, use or misuse of the Content or Web Site.  The Archdiocese shall provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding.  The Archdiocese reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter that is subject to indemnification under this section. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting the Archdiocese’s defense of such matter.  You shall not, in any event, settle any matter that is subject to indemnification hereunder without the prior written consent of the Archdiocese.

5. Termination of the Agreement.

5.1 Termination. The Archdiocese reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate this Agreement and your access to all or any part of the Web Site or the Content, at any time and for any reason without prior notice or liability. The Archdiocese reserves the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Web Site or the Content at any time without prior notice or liability.

5.2 Survival. If this Agreement is terminated, Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 shall survive the termination of this Agreement. 

6. No Framing. 

Elements of the Web Site are protected by trade dress, trademark, unfair competition, and other state and federal laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part, by any means, including but not limited to, the use of framing or mirrors, except to the extent expressly allowed in Section 2. None of the Content for this Web Site may be retransmitted without express written consent from us for each and every instance.

7. User Must Comply with Applicable Laws.

7.1 This Web Site is based in Braintree, Massachusetts.  We make no claims concerning whether the Content may be downloaded, viewed, or be appropriate for use outside of the United States.  If you access the Web Site or the Content from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk.  Whether inside or outside of the United States, you are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws applicable to your specific jurisdiction.

7.2 The United States controls the export of products and information. You expressly agree to comply with such restrictions and not to export or re-export any of the Content to countries or persons prohibited under the export control laws. By downloading the Content, you are expressly agreeing that you are not in a country where such export is prohibited or are a person or entity for which such export is prohibited. You are solely responsible for compliance with the laws applicable to your specific jurisdiction regarding the import, export, or re-export of the Content.

8. U.S. Government Restricted Rights. 

The Content is provided with “RESTRICTED RIGHTS.”  Use, duplication, or disclosure by the Government is subject to the restrictions contained in 48 CFR 52.227-19 and 48 CFR 252.227-7013 et seq. or its successor.  Use of the Web Site or Content by the Government constitutes acknowledgement of our proprietary rights in the Web Site and Content.

9. Miscellaneous. 

This Agreement is governed by the internal substantive laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without respect to its conflict of laws provisions. You expressly agree to submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in the City of Boston in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.  Failure of the Archdiocese to act on or enforce any provision of the Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of that provision or any other provision in this Agreement.  No waiver shall be effective against the Archdiocese unless made in writing, and no such waiver shall be construed as a waiver in any other or subsequent instance.  Except as expressly agreed by the Archdiocese and you, this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between you and the Archdiocese with respect to the subject matter, and supercedes all previous or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the parties with respect to the subject matter.  The section headings are provided merely for convenience and shall not be given any legal import.  This Agreement will inure to the benefit of our successors, assigns, licensees, and sublicensees.
 


NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our General Counsel the following information:

(a) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;

(b) a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

(c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;

(d) your address, telephone number, and email address;

(e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

(f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Our Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement may be reached as follows:

 By mail:    

General Counsel
Archdiocese of Boston   
66 Brooks Drive     
Braintree, MA 02184
By phone:  (617) 746-5672
By fax:       (617) 746-5686
By email:   Beirne_Lovely@rcab.org